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This page contains a list of the songs that have stories about their misheard lyrics submitted.

Song names are sorted by first letter, excluding A and The. This is sorted by song title only, not by song title and performer. So if two different performers preformed the same song, you'll see misheard lyrics for both on the same page (provided the song title was spelt the same both times, and misheard lyrics have been submitted for both!).


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Johnny Cash's, "City of New Orleans"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All along the southbound hard to sea
The train pulls out to Kentucky.
The Real Lyrics:
All along the southbound Odyssey
The train pulls out to Kankakee.
The Story: We sang this song on in comprehensive school on an English lesson. Our teacher had picked up the lyrics off the record and written them down by what she had heard. I played guitar, and I later found the correct lyrics on a country songbook. - Submitted by: Susanna Viljanen
Johnny Cash's, "Flesh And Blood"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Sauntered north and flossed my teeth
Against a sky of baby blue.
The Real Lyrics:
Saw a northbound flock of geese
Against a sky of baby blue.
The Story: My boyfriend was playing a new cd he'd just bought. I was familiar with several Johnny Cash songs but not this one. I took a break to go to the bathroom in the middle of this song, and in the muffled sound that reached me there, the above misheard version was what I thought I heard. I had him replay that song later, and easily heard the words right. I then started laughing, and my boyfriend asked why. I explained my earlier mishearing, and then we both had a good laugh. - Submitted by: Norma Ruiz
Johnny Cash's, "Hurt"
The Misheard Lyrics:
And you could have it all
Lying pile of dirt.
The Real Lyrics:
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt.
The Story: I thought Johnny Cash was basically telling someone to take everything that meant something to him, and then calling whoever it was a liar. Hence 'lying pile of dirt'. When I looked up the lyrics, I realized I was quite a bit off. - Submitted by: Chelisse
Johnny Cash's, "It Ain't Me, Babe"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Promise never to fart
The Real Lyrics:
Promise never to part
The Story: My daughter and I were listening to the "Walk The Line" soundtrack, and both of us misheard the same line. - Submitted by: Michael
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